Surface temps on Lake Superior are approaching the high 60s in
some areas already. Anglers are switching over to summer lake trout
tactics and areas. In the islands, fish are moving to the first
breaks and deeper. Plain spoons and crankbaits are catching lakers,
browns, and splake. Find cool water and you may catch fish up
shallow. On the flats, South Channel, and Outer Island areas,
magnum spoons, standard dodger combos, and larger crankbaits fished
deep on riggers, Dipsies, leadcore, or copper are all producing.
Target 60 to 120 feet for lakers, or 20 to 60 feet for other trout
Walleye and northern reports in Chequamegon Bay have been OK.
The head of the bay, near and north of Washburn, has been producing
fish. Troll crankbaits and crawler harnesses around the newly
emergent weed growth. Smallmouth bass seem to be gone from the
sloughs and other spawning areas. The bulk of the fish are
spreading out on deeper structure around the bay for summer. Cover
water until you find a pod of fish on breaks, weed edges, rock/sand
transitions, and any other piece of cover on the bay.
Inland lake summer patterns are setting up; look a little deeper
than you may be used to fishing. Primary breaks, wood, and rock in
12 to 24 feet of water have been producing fish.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.
DOOR PENINSULA AND_KEWAUNEE _AREA
Sturgeon Bay’s Bank Reef has been one of the most consistent
bets day in and day out, but all Lake Michigan ports are serving up
salmon in numbers these days. Kings are even being caught on Green
Bay between Marinette and Gill’s Rock (around Green and Chambers
Islands), and on the bay and lake side of Washington Island. Many
fish are being found in 75 to 150 feet of water the first and last
couple hours of daylight. In between, trollers often work deeper or
farther off shore to get occasional bites. Flasher and fly combos
or 3- to 5-inch spoons are most popular; J-Plugs and cut bait also
are luring some fish. Glow baits are popular before sunrise, but
silver or white spoons with various shades of green, blue, black,
and other colors also work. Lures trolled about 2 mph behind
downriggers, leadcore line, copper wire, Dipsy Divers, and 8- and
10-ounce balls are all good. Many days last week, fish were just 25
to 50 feet down at dawn; later, 50 to 100 down is often best.
Night fishing was excellent during the full moon period in late
June. The next one is opening weekend of the 28th annual
Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament, July 24-Aug. 1. Generally,
anglers slow their troll and keep glow spoons and flies higher in
the water behind planer boards, divers, and downriggers when
fishing under the light of the moon.
Meanwhile, pier casters were catching a few rainbows and a few
browns while casting spoons. Heavy rains lured some summer-run
Skamania steelhead into Lake Michigan and Green Bay
Walleye trollers continue to do well north and south of
Dyckesville along the Green Bay shoreline, and smallmouth bass
action remains good. Perch success has been hit and miss.
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Algoma Hardware and Sporting Goods, (920) 487-3374
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
Muskies are putting on a good bite. Fish 15 feet of water or
less around weed edges. Use small bucktails, spinnerbaits, or
twitched crankbaits. Action peaks early and late in the day. With
the mayfly hatch ending, walleye action has improved. Fish in 15
feet of water or less around weed edges. Use a jig with a fathead
minnow or a leech. Smallmouth bass are in 10 to 20 feet of water on
break edges over hard-bottom areas. Use a 3-inch tube, a jig with a
leech, or a plastic crawfish. In the evening, topwaters (even buzz
baits) are providing some good action. Largemouth bass are in 10
feet of water or less and near weeds, docks, downed trees, brush
piles, and stumps. Use a plastic worm or a buzz bait. Crappies,
bluegills, and perch are hanging together in 15 feet of water or
less in and around weeds.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
Anglers have been having the best action on bass and muskies.
The smallies are hitting over deep rocks, and the largemouths are
hitting along weed edges or up in the lily pads in the bays. There
is an excellent surface bait and bucktail pattern going now for
muskies. A 54-incher recently was released . It hit a trolled lure.
Darker lakes were better for muskies up until a week ago, but now
all lakes are doing well. The walleye action has been fair. Some
guys have been into them pretty good on the deeper, clear lakes and
that’s still true, but the window for action is narrower now. There
is also a good panfish bite, but the fish are deeper. On the
Chippewa Flowage, the panfish are on deep cribs or around the
Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Northern pike and largemouths are hitting weedless presentations
all over the shallow stuff on Lake Onalaska. The same is happening
on the Mississippi sloughs, but add Texas-rigged worms and tube
jigs for bass in the sloughs. Perch have been hitting in deeper
water on Lake Onalaska. For bluegills, drift with a waxie or worm
on the lake. Sumner Chute and Hammond Chute on the river have been
good spots for crappies. Fish next to submerged wood. Guys are
getting a few walleyes off of the wing dams, but the action hasn’t
been as good as it could be. Sauger were hitting, though, at the
Dresbach and Trempealeau dams.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE_MICHIGAN / METRO_AREA_LAKES
Sheboygan trollers were catching cohos, chinooks, and rainbows
in 35 to 50 feet on spoons and flies by fishing 20 feet down. Shore
fishing has been good, too, with chinooks, rainbows, and cohos
hitting spoons off piers.
Port Washington anglers were finding a mixed bag of trout and
salmon in 35 to 90 feet of water by running flashers and flies from
the surface to 50 feet down. Shore anglers caught perch on jigs and
minnows on the harbor side of the pier, and trout and salmon on
lake side of the pier. Perch were hitting fatheads at the south
Milwaukee trollers were catching cohos, chinooks, rainbows, and
lakers on spoons (watermelon, white, and blue) in 40 to 60 feet of
water east of the harbor and north of the filtration plant, with
the hours before sunrise and after dark the best for trolling.
Shore anglers caught browns and kings at McKinley Pier on
Racine trollers caught cohos and chinooks near shore in less
than 60 feet of water. Shore fishing has been good. Perch were
being caught in all manners and all over. Also, browns, rainbows,
and a few cohos were being caught by perch anglers.
Kenosha anglers found a good trolling bite in 40 to 100 feet of
water, with all methods producing at times. Fishing has been good
in the harbor on silver, green, and glow spoons and tube jigs,
mostly for browns. Perch fishing has been slow from the piers, but
has been good from Southport Marina.
DNR_hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait Shop, (262) 646 2218.
Walleye fishing has been getting better from the Oshkosh rail
bridge out to the mouth of the Fox River. Use crawlers or leeches.
Rocky shorelines on Lake Winnebago have been good for walleyes,
too. Use jigs and leeches. Trollers have been catching walleyes on
the lake along the reefs. Perch were hitting near Garlic Island
last week. The river through Oshkosh has been good for catfish, and
Miller’s Bay has been a good spot to look for panfish.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Fishing has been pretty good on Lake Mendota. The guys have been
having good luck on smallmouths on points and bars. Big bluegills
are hitting on the weed edges. Perch have been showing up on weed
edges, too, but the big fish are tight to the weedlines. Lake
Monona bluegills are on the weeedlines and out from the weeds in 20
to 23 feet of water; out deep the fish are right on the bottom yet.
Lake Monona muskies have been active, with some nice fishing
hitting bucktails and topwaters. Mud Lake bluegills have been
active, and some nice perch were caught on Kegonsa.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
The catfish are keeping fishermen busy on the lower portion of
the Menominee River. Fishermen trolling crawlers harnesses for
walleyes have been catching 18- to 22-inch channel cats. Smallies
are hitting up and down the Menominee, and just about any kind of
presentation is working. Browns and chinooks have been caught in
the bay early in the morning. Walleyes have been found here and
there, but no one has put together a solid pattern yet. The
Peshtigo River has been giving up a little bit of everything –
catfish, bass, panfish, and even a few walleyes.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Muskie action has been good to very good. Muskie have been
active ahead of fronts and on overcast days. There were a lot of
reports of muskies grabbing bass, walleyes, and panfish hooked by
anglers. There has been some good surface bait action, and
bucktails and spinnerbaits are working, too. Most action has been
up and over weeds in 7 to 12 feet. Bass action has been good to
very good. Muskie and pike anglers have been catching largemouths
up to 20 inches on big lures. Bass anglers are having fun with
spinnerbaits, chatter baits, and crankbaits. Topwater lures also
are hot. Nice smallies heavier than 4 pounds were caught last week.
For the artificials, cast 3-inch tubes on jigs along weed edges or
over gravel humps. Leeches also are tough to resist. Walleye action
has been good. Weed edges are the best, but on dark days, walleyes
are moving into shallow weeds to feed on small perch.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.
Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
The crappie action has been fairly good on the Petenwell and
Castle Rock flowages. Walleyes also are pretty active, but a lot of
short fish were hitting last week. The channel catfish are just
going wild. Guys have been catching a few muskies, and that action
is expected to improve soon. Bass have been active all over the
Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.
The walleye fishing really hasn’t been too bad. With the rain,
there is quite a bit of current in the Phillips chain, so just fish
a jig and leech along the current breaks, bridges, points, or any
place where a lake narrows a bit. Panfish are also hitting –
they’re going nuts in the shallows again. Just use worms or waxies.
Guys also are catching some nice northern pike, with fish up to 40
inches caught on bigger spinnerbaits. The channel catfish are
starting to hit pretty well on the Flambeau River – both forks.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715)_339-3625.
Right now, Devils Lake is producing a lot of trout, and a lot of
them are running 11 to 13 inches, with a few bigger ones here and
there. Fish the middle of the lake by drifting minnows. Crystal
Lake is producing nice-sized bluegills, and Fish Lake has plenty of
bluegill action, too, but they’re just not very big. The walleye
action is slower than most anglers would like to see on Lake
Wisconsin, but a few keepers are being caught.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
Bass were hitting on Big Sandy, but not too many were longer
than 14 inches. Big Clam has been seeing some good bluegill and
walleye action, and Yellow Lake crappies and walleyes have been
Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445
Fishing has been pretty good all over for bass and walleyes.
Guys have been catching panfish from the cribs on Shell Lake.
Muskies have pretty active, with some especially good action being
noted in the Radisson area. Largemouths are hitting on Spooner
Lake, but you have to handle the slop.
AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been solid on the Wisconsin River
system, with fish using current break areas. Lipless crankbaits and
topwaters have worked well, as have tube jigs and No. 3 spinners.
Fair numbers of fish are being caught by anglers flipping and
pitching shoreline cover, especially during the midday. The channel
catfish bite continues to be overlooked by many anglers, but cats
have been a reliable source of action. While some fish are being
taken during midday from the deeper holes, the best action comes
after dark. A simple sliding sinker rig baited with fresh cut bait
on a circle hook will see action. Walleye fishing off of the rivers
has been streaky, but good catches of fish are still occurring.
Fishing weeds or wood has still been productive on weedless jigs in
tight cover. Orange and hot pink have been the best colors in
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715)_297-7573
UPPER PENINSULA REPORT
Lake Gogebic’s smallmouth bass and pike are hitting with
authority, but the walleye fishing continues to be slow. Recent bug
hatches and more heavy rain has hampered the walleye fishing. Water
levels are improving.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.